Arnold Hauser


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(1892–1978). Hungarian art historian. After studying at Budapest, Paris, and Berlin, Hauser founded his own film company in 1930. In 1938 he emigrated to England and between 1951 and 1957 taught art history at Leeds University. As a Marxist theorist he argued that the production of art was socially determined and that works of art were used by society to come to terms with the chaotic nature of things. His chief works are The Social History of Art (1951) and The Philosophy of Art History (1959).

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Subjects: Art.

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